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North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care
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North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care

Location 35 Poplar Road, Parkville, Victoria, 3052, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $11.9 million in the new North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centre.

The 20-bed facility will provide short-term treatment and support in a residential setting for young people experiencing mental illness in Melbourne’s West.

The new facility is one of 20 Prevention and Recovery Care centres across Melbourne and regional Victoria, providing community-based treatment for young people who are unwell or recovering from mental illness.

The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7 million investment in mental health services outlined in the 10-year Mental Health Plan.

Located in Parkville’s mental health precinct alongside the Orygen Youth Mental Health facility, the new centre is due to be completed in 2021.

The North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centre will deliver:

  • 20 bedrooms with separate ensuites
  • shared spaces including kitchen, dining, lounge, laundry and family/activity areas
  • outdoor garden areas
  • clinical consulting areas
  • staff and support areas.

The North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centre aims to deliver the following benefits:

Recovery-focused treatment

Youth Prevention and Recovery Care centres are designed to provide treatment and support in a residential setting with a focus on recovery. The centre will help young people who are unwell, or who are in the early stages of recovery from an acute illness. They’ll receive early intervention support and clinical treatment with a focus on getting better.

Increased access to services

The centre aims to increase the number of residential beds for young people in Melbourne’s inner north and west. The new centre is expected to care for up to 200 young people each year.

Reducing hospital admissions and length of stay

Prevention and Recovery Care centres operate via a ‘step-up/step-down’ model. They provide early intervention for people who are unwell (step up), and a community-based treatment option for people in the early stages of recovery (step down). The new North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centre will provide additional care and support following hospital admission and before returning home.

Residential support options delivered locally

The centre will offer a safe and supportive environment for young people who may find it difficult to cope at home. The service will help young people suffering mental illness who could benefit from treatment and support in a short to medium-term residential stay. The centre will help fill the service gap between community and hospital-based care.

Maintaining connections to community

The centre will be located alongside the Orygen Youth Mental Health facility in Melbourne’s Parkville, allowing patients to receive holistic treatment while still having access to their existing support networks and community.

Therapeutic design

Good design can play an important role in health care. This facility was designed to create a welcoming and therapeutic environment while keeping young people safe. Modern amenities including ensuites, kitchen and lounge areas aim to help residents feel at home while receiving professional care.

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority in partnership with:

  • North Western Mental Health
  • Bamford Architects.

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North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care
  • Location
  • 35 Poplar Road
    Parkville, Victoria, 3052, Australia
  • Mail
  • (03) 9342 2800

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Last updated: 12 June 2020